It’s almost here! WrestleMania 31 is this Sunday and, with that in mind, it’s time for some predictions. Titles, honour and reputations are all on the line as the past 12 months of wrestling comes to what is sure to be an epic conclusion.
By Kevin O’Donnell – Lead WWE Writer – @kevinodonnell91
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Brock Lesnar [C] vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Will WWE follow through on the failing push of Roman Reigns or does Brock Lesnar’s shiny, new, three-year contract mean that he’s hanging on to the belt for just a little while longer?
Vince McMahon is a stubborn man, I can see him sticking to his guns and putting the strap on the big Samoan – even if the San Francisco crowd craps on it.
Prediction: Roman Reigns becomes the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion
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Rusev [C] vs. John Cena for the United States Championship
Rusev and his manager Lana have become one of the most exciting and formidable heel forces in recent wrestling memory but that means nothing when you bring in both Cena and WrestleMania.
Though it’d be great to see WWE support an up-and-coming talent, the ultimate baby face will go over at the Show of Shows.
Prediction: John Cena becomes the new United States Champion
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Bad News Barrett [C] vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Bryan in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Though the build for this match has been a bit comical and tongue-in-cheek, these guys will be looking to put on a serious and show-stealing performance. And with the talent assembled in this match, don’t be surprised is it’s WrestleMania moments galore.
I’d like to think that WWE are looking to rebuild the IC Title to its former glory and giving the belt to a legitimate main event talent would achieve this.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan becomes the new Intercontinental Champion
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Sting vs. Triple H
It seemed like it would never happen but, 14 years after the demise of WCW, the icon Sting has made his way over to WWE and is fittingly making his debut at the Showcase of the Immortals.
With this feud being positioned as WCW vs. WWE, it would be easy to see Triple H coming away with the win but surely, surely, surely that won’t be the case.
Prediction: Sting wins
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Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
What a match this is going to be. Two absolute technicians in the ring finally going at after over half a year of build – it’s gonna be a good one.
I see WrestleMania 31 as a chance to really solidify the talent of the future, Orton can afford a loss at this point in his career.
Prediction: Seth Rollins wins
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Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker
It has been an entire year since we saw The Undertaker’s legendary, undefeated streak at WrestleMania come to an end at the hands of the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.
With high stakes off the table, this match should be a passing of the torch to WWE’s next creepy, spooky, supernatural character but we’ll probably see ‘Taker regaining some lost ground.
Prediction: The Undertaker wins
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AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins
For the first time in a long time, we have a Divas match to really sink our teeth into at WrestleMania as the four biggest, female stars in wrestling get a chance.
With friction between AJ and Paige on Raw earlier in the week, expect WWE to pull a swerve and have the babyface duo pull it together on the night.
Prediction: AJ Lee and Paige win
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
It’s the 2nd annual get-everyone-who-doesn’t-matter-on-the-card battle royal! Battle royals have limited enough appeal as it is but, with absolutely nothing at stake, nothing to gain, this one is a true stinker.
There’s really only one guy who could potentially benefit from the shove that a WrestleMania moment would provide and I see The Big Guy standing tall at the end of this one.
Prediction: Ryback wins
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Tyson Kidd and Cesaro [C] vs. Los Matadores vs. New Day vs. The Usos for the Tag Team Championships
For the second year running, the Tag Titles will be defended in a four-way match on the pre-show. Don’t be fooled by the fact this match isn’t on the main card, there’s plenty of talent amongst these teams.
But with Kidd and Cesaro only winning the belts at FastLane, it would be unceremonious for them to drop the gold (well, bronze) so quickly.
Prediction: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro retain